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  The Chile Film (La Sangre Rojo y Verde de Nuevo Mexico)

Kelly Brinn Urig

USA, Culture/Food Documentary, 201226 min, HDCAM/DVCPro, ColorEnglish

 

THE CHILE FILM examines the history of chile and how it came to New Mexico. This short film provides an overview of the different varieties, the health benefits of chile, perspectives on chile cultivation, and the economic impact that chile has on New Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.thechilefilm.com 

Print Source: Kelly Brinn Urig, thechilefilm@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

Cathleen O'Connell

USA, Music Documentary, 201227 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

When you hear the phrase "Native American music" you may not think of tubas, trumpets and Sousa marches. Yet this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years. The documentary profiles two contemporary Indian community bands: the Fort Mojave Tribal Band, from Needles, California and the Iroquois Indian Band from upstate New York. The documentary traces the origins of these groups to their respective foundings over a century ago and uncovers a secret history of the 20th century, when "all Indian bands" toured the US and abroad.

 

Regional Film Festival Premierewww.sousaontherez.com

Print Source: Georgiana Lee - Vision Maker Media, georgiana.lee@unl.edu

 

 

 

   
  Un mundo para RaúlA World for Raul

Mauro Mueller

Mexico/Switzerland/USA, Drama/Coming of Age, 201215 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

When thirteen-year-old Raúl is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.

 

Regional Premierewww.unmundopararaul.com

Print Source: Mauro Mueller, maumueller@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  The 6th World

Nanobah Becker

USA, Sci-Fi, 201215 min, RED, ColorEnglish

 

Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. A mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.

 

Regional Premierewww.futurestates.tv/episodes/6th-world 

Print Source: Nanobah Becker, nanobah_becker@hotmail.com

  

 

 

   
  Las Mañanitas

Gabriella Moses

USA, Coming of Age/Drama/Comedy, 201219 min, 35mm, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

A coming of age fairy tale set in 1960s New York City. Ana Isabel is a young lady on the cusp of womanhood, and finds herself tempted to lose her virginity on the night of her Quinceañera, until the unexpected visit from the Virgin Mary in a frying pan makes her think twice.

 

Regional Premierewww.lasmananitasfilm.com, www.facebook.com/lasmananitasfilm 

Print Source: Gabriella A. Moses, gabriella.a.moses@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  The Unique Ladies

Gloria Morán

USA, Documentary, 201328 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

After having been denied club membership on the basis of gender, Sherry and Pat founded and maintain San Diego's first all-women's lowrider car club. The competition is fierce, and the ladies hold their own. Although their club is only a few members strong in a field dominated by men, they cruise through a full season, and take home a trophy at the end of the show.

 

Regional Premierewww.theuniqueladies.com 

Print Source: Gloria Morán, conejofilms@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

   
  A Mexican Sound

Roy Germano

USA, Educational/Dance/Culture Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

The beautiful Huastecan sound ("son huasteco") has echoed from the mountains of northeast Mexico for more than a century. On Sundays, people meet in town squares to dance and stomp to the explosive violin solos and driving guitar rhythms that make this music so unique. "Son huasteco" continues to flourish here despite two decades of globalization and mass migration to the United States.

 

Texas Premierewww.amexicansound.com 

Print Source: Roy Germano, rg@roygermano.com

 

 

   
  Reviens-MoiReturn to Me

Tracy Rector

USA, Magical Realism/Youth/Teen Culture, 20128 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteFrench, English with English subtitles

 

A young man wakes to a profound memory from his past, which ignites within him a yearning for his childhood sweetheart on the streets of Seattle, wrapped in Parisian ambience.

 

Regional Premierewww.longhousemedia.org Print Source: Tracy Rector, nativelens@mac.com

 

 

 

 

   
  Trapitos SuciosDirty Laundry

Sharon Arteaga

USA, Drama/Secret Comedy, 201210 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

A stay-at-home wife finds a suspicious note while doing laundry.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Sharon Arteaga, sharonaarteaga@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  They Make Noise like Feathers

Alvaro Torres

USA/Costa Rica, Personal Narrative Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

THEY MAKE NOISE LIKE FEATHERS is a short documentary that presents a series of Austin characters and their desires to return home. It is an invitation to refect on a very basic human necessity: to think about the place you grew up in and the ever- fleeting possibility of returning.

 

World Premiere

 

Print Source: Alvaro Torres, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Susana Almanza: The Life of an Activist

Andrea Zarate

USA, Documentary, 20126 min, HD/Digital, ColorEnglish, Spanish

 

Susana Almanza, Chicana and activist, has fought for the rights of working-class Latinos in the East Austin community all her life. As a grassroots organizer in the environmental group People in Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER) she shut down the Holly Power Plant, one of her greatest achievements yet. Susana recounts her past history and how it has shaped her into the person she is today.

 

Festival Premiere

Print Source: Andrea Zarate, a.zarate@utexas.edu

  

 

 

   
  Southmost U.S.A.

Trish Dalton

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201223 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

A journey through Brownsville, Texas on the fourth of July, introducing a community who have been separated from public and private property by the US/Mexican border fence. While local residents prepare for the independence day parade, picnics, and fireworks, they reflect on their frustrations with the border fence. They discuss the personal and financial repercussions of the fence on their safety, access to property, and relationship with Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.southmostusa.com 

 

Print Source: Trish Dalton - Everlasting Light Productions, Trish@everlastinglightproductions.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Route 22

Malina Panovich

USA, Drama/Coming of Age/Reality, 201210 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Ana, a quiet, gay teenager, encounters resistance and acceptance from different women in her life. She tries to connect with her opinionated Hispanic mother Mercedes, Jessica, a tall blond from school, and an intriguing girl named Olive she sees at the bus station, all in the course of single day.

 

Regional Premierewww.facebook.com/pages/Route-22/337629839606883  

Print Source: Malina Panovich, mpanovich@utexas.edu

 

  

 

 

   
  Para mi hermanoFor My Brother

Kevin Burke

USA, Drama/Crime, 20118 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

PARA MI HERMANO contrasts extreme commitment and violence with the mundane activities of everyday life. The film follows a man who makes the ultimate sacrifice for his brother. We watch as the man chooses how to live his life in the face of the consequences of his courageous choice.

 

Austin Premierewww.facebook.com/ParaMiHermano  

Print Source: Cordelaine Kline, cordelaine.kline@gmail.com

 

  

 

 

   
  Lovelocked

Rebecca Rodriguez

USA, Drama/Fantasy, 2012 13 min, HDCAM, Color English

 

Caught up in a moment of nostalgia, a young woman recalls her fondest relationships by uncorking her collection of antique bottles. She escapes into a joyful wall of sonic memories, but slowly becomes entrapped by their illusions. When night falls, circumstances beyond her control force her to face a new reality.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Rebecca Rodriguez, bleak.umbrella@gmail.com

 

 

   
  Flutter

Sam Lerma

USA, Drama, 20128 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorEnglish

 

A father takes his daughter on a bike ride through the heart of the city's green space to get to a birthday party.  The day does not end as expected.

 

Austin Premiere

Print Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Bordando la fronteraThe Border

Rene Rhi

Mexico/USA, Social Issue Drama, 201223 min, Super 16mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Miguel Canales learns that his young daughter has a brain tumor and needs surgery. Running out of options, he decides that his only choice to pay for the operation is to work in the United States. After receipt of a considerable fee, a smuggler agrees to guide him through the desert. As they attempt the perilous desert crossing, they come across Tammy, a disoriented 9-year old girl. Tammy leads them to the sight of a grizzly car accident where her mother is pinned inside the vehicle. Miguel wants to help the girl and her mother, but is threatened at gunpoint by his companion. Miguel must make the choice: continue his journey or stay with the girl and lose the chance of helping his family.

 

Austin Premierewww.bordandolafrontera.com Print Source: Rene Rhi, rhi@usc.edu

 

   
¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita? Have You Seen Lupita?

Gonzalo Justiniano

Mexico/Chile/Argentina/Germany/USA, Comedy/Drama, 2011 86 min, RED, Color Spanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Lupita, a young Mexican girl, runs away from her family who want to commit her into a hospital. She will start a journey that will take us into a world that seems crazier than she is. With her sensuality, innocence and romanticism, Lupita invites us to think that the world can be experienced in other ways. This film, shot partially in Austin, has delighted audiences at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Regional Premiere

Gonzalo Justiniano is a director, writer and producer from Chile. He studied at the University of Paris and the Louis Lumière Film School. His work explores the world of economically marginalized characters. The festivals of Trieste, Damascus, Havana, Montevideo, Brussels, New York, Berlin and Cartagena have awarded his work.

Producer: Gonzalo Justiniano, Daniel de la VegaScreenwriter: Gonzalo Justiniano, Marina StavenhagenCinematographer: Miguel BunsterEditor: Carolina QuevedoSound Design: Zoo FilmsMusic: Jorge ArriagadaCast: Dulce María, Carmen Salinas, Cristián de La Fuente, Schlomit Baytelman, Angélica Castro

Print Source: Sahara Films, gjusti@sahara.cl, danieldelavega@sahara.cl

Tuesday, April 24 

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With actress Dulce María and producer Daniel de la Vega in attendance

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Mosquita y Mari

Aurora Guerrero

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011

85 min, HD, Color

English, Spanish with English subtitles

Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old girls growing up in Los Angeles. When Yolanda meets her new neighbor, all they see in each other are differences. As an only child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is going to college. For her part, street-smart Mari has to hustle to help her undocumented family stay above water. Despite Yolanda and Mari's contrasting approach to survival, they are soon brought together when Mari is almost expelled after saving Yolanda from an incident at school. Determined to call it even, Yolanda convinces Mari to let her tutor her to prove to the school’s principal that she’s more than a delinquent. They then forge a friendship that soon proves more complex and sensual than anticipated. Mosquita y Mari premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.mosquitaymari.com

Aurora Guerrero's short films include Pura Lengua and Viernes Girl. Mosquita y Mari participated in Tribeca All Access and the 2009 Film Independent Producers Lab. Most recently, Mosquita y Mari was awarded the 2011 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant and an LG Cinema 3D Fellowship, and Guerrero was named a Time Warner Fellow. Guerrero holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and Chicano Studies, and from CalArts in Directing.

Producer: Chad Burris

Production Companies: Indion Entertainment Group, Maya Entertainment

Screenwriter: Aurora Guerrero

Cinematographer: Megela Croisignani

Editor: Augie Robles

Music: Ryan Beveridge

Cast: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Laura Patalano, Joaquín Garrido, Dulce Maria Solis, Omar Leyva

Print Source: Jeffrey Winter - New American Vision, jeffrey@newamericanvision.com

Saturday, April 28 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Without A Net

Kelly J Richardson

Brazil/USA, Documentary, 201260 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Djeferson, Bárbara, Rayana and Platini live in a drug controlled slum of Rio de Janeiro. Their families are struggling, their homes are physically unstable, and everyone they know has dropped out of school. When a big-top circus tent suddenly appears in a nearby parking lot, they decide to take a chance. They learn trapeze, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, then audition for the end-of-year show. Along the way, Without A Net explores the connections between risk, desire, poverty and circus, and celebrates the perseverance and resilience of youth in the face of tremendous odds. Without A Net recently premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival to enthusiastic audiences, and was invited to an extra screening during the encore/"Festival Favorites" day.

 

Regional Premiere

www.withoutanetmovie.com

 

Kelly J Richardson is an actor, acrobat, aerialist and filmmaker. She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley, studied at the Ailey school for dance in New York City, and has performed circus, theater and dance in San Francisco, New York, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. She has directed and produced several short films and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the production of her first feature film, Without A Net.

 

Producer: Kelly J RichardsonScreenwriter: Jessica AbbeCinematographer: Kelly J RichardsonEditor: Quinn CostelloSound Design: Mark Berger, James LebrechtMusic: B. Quincy GriffinCast: Djeferson Mendes de Sila, Bárbara Moura, Rayana Dias de Motta, Platini Queiroz, Junior Perim, Allan Davi, Ademir "Ziquinho"Print Source: Kelly J Richardson, kelly@withoutanetmovie.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Kelly J Richardson in attendance

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Música campesinaCountry Music

Alberto Fuguet

Chile/USA, Drama/Comedy, 2011105 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Alejandro Tazo, a broken-hearted Chilean in his thirties, arrives in Nashville, Tennessee, the cradle of country music. Tazo wants to meet people and make this trip worth something, but he will realize that life is unpredictable, especially in a foreign country. Música campesina, which was filmed in Nashville, premiered at BAFICI and went on to win Best National Film at Valdivia.

Regional Premiere

www.cinepata.com

Alberto Fuguet was born in Santiago and studied journalism at the University of Chile. He has developed a career as a novelist, film critic, and filmmaker, and in 2010 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction. He writes for the magazine Qué Pasa and is a resident professor of film and literature at Diego Portales University. He is currently writing a book of essays about North American film from the 1970s, among other projects.

Producer: Sarah Childress, Mauricio Varela, Ted FischerProduction Companies: CinepataScreenwriter: Alberto FugetCinematographer: Ashley ZeigerEditor: Sebastián ArriagadaSound Design: Cristián MascaróMusic: Gustavo Leon-CapedevilleCast: Pablo Cerda, James Cathcart, Karin Whitehouse, Ezra Fitz, Todd Hughes, Cole KinnearPrint Source: Silvio Canihuante, silvio@cinepata.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

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Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Under My Nails

Arí Maniel Cruz

Puerto Rico/USA, Drama/Erotic Thriller, 2011102 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

In New York City, Solimar, a woman who is from Puerto Rico, works in a nail salon. She becomes obsessed with the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, a Dominican man named Roberto and his Haitian-Dominican wife. Solimar, as a voyeur of their intimate life, one day witnesses a particularly brutal encounter. Roberto's wife disappears after that. In her absence, Solimar and Roberto develop an intense and violent sexual relationship. But the sudden appearance of an unidentified woman's dead body in the Bronx River awakens Solimar's suspicion. Solimar has fallen in love with Roberto, and what could be a threat for her has transformed into an erotic drive that she can't stop. Under My Nails recently won the Best Actress Award at the San Juan International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.undermynails.com

Arí Maniel Cruz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended school in Rio Piedras and college in Santurce, both districts of San Juan. After his graduation from college with a BA in Communications, because there were no film schools on the island, he moved to Mexico City and studied screenwriting. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in New York City as an executive producer and TV host in V-ME, a US National Television Network in Spanish. He is currently working on his next two films, La Tierra Prometida and Carmín.

Producer: Arí Maniel Cruz, Kisha Tikina Burgos, Andrei NemcikProduction Companies: La Teta ProductionsScreenwriter: Kisha Tikina BurgosCinematographer: Corey GegnerEditor: Andrei NemcikSound Design: José Elí PérezMusic: Omar Silva, Colectivo Electrónica IsleñaCast: Kisha Tikina Burgos, Iván Camilo, Rosie Berrido, Dolores Pedro, Antonio Pantojas, Enrique Juliá, Maite Bonilla, Miranda Purcell, Marilú AcostaPrint Source: Arí Maniel Cruz, latetaproductions@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

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Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

La maleta mexicanaThe Mexican Suitcase

Trisha Ziff

Mexico/Spain, Documentary, 201186 min, HDV/35mm, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

La maleta mexicana tells the story of lost negatives found at the bottom of a closet in Mexico City in 2007. The photographers were exiled from their countries, but were able to document the dangers of fascism in Spain with their cameras. The photojournalists, Robert Capa, David Seymour, and Gerda Taro met in Paris in 1936, then traveled to Spain. Throughout the film, we learn the story of the war and the exile of the photojournalists. This is a film about images taken in the past and recovered in our present. It also looks at how a new generation in Spain is beginning to reconcile itself with its own history. La maleta mexicana is about the power and fragility of memory, about the historical ties between Mexico and Spain, and about the search for the truth. Along with other renowned collaborators, John Sayles served as an advisor on this ambitious and thoughtful film, which has screened at festivals including San Sebastián and Morelia International.

 

Texas Premiere

www.themexicansuitcase.com

 

Trisha Ziff is a curator of contemporary photography, filmmaker and Guggenheim scholar. Director of Chevolution, Ziff also produced the documentary Oaxacalifornia, was a co-producer of My Mexican Shiva, and executive producer of 9months 9days. She is currently in development on her next project, Pirate Copy, a documentary about intellectual rights and global pirating. Trisha lives in Mexico City with her son, Julio.

 

Producer: Eamon O'FarrillProduction Companies: 212 BerlinScreenwriter: Trisha ZiffCinematographer: Claudio RochaEditor: Luis LopezSound Design: Yuri Laguna, Amanda Villavieja Music: Michael NymanPrint Source: Kevin Iwashina - Preferred Content, asst@preferredcontent.net

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

 

 

La palabra en el bosqueThe Word in the Woods

Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El Salvador/USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201156 min, DVCAM/35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazan organized to resist National Guard repression, which often involved torture and executions. In the 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La palabra en el bosque tells their stories, placing them in context within the light of current reality.

World Premiere

Carlos Henriquez Consalvi is the founder of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen which is committed to the investigation, rescue, preservation and public exhibition of El Salvador's history and culture. In 2002, he co-directed and co-produced with Gould the award winning Scars of Memory, El Salvador, 1932.

Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also a prolific writer. In 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Producer: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldScreenwriter: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldCinematographer: Guillermo Escalon, Paolo HasbunEditor: Carlos ColoradoSound Design: Jose HuwaidiMusic: Ygor de Gondaria, Ramses Calderon Print Source: Jeffrey Gould, gouldj@indiana.edu

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Up Heartbreak Hill

Erica Scharf

USA, Documentary, 201183 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

Up Heartbreak Hill chronicles the lives of Thomas, Tamara and Gabby, three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico, as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. As graduation nears, they must decide whether to stay in their community, a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their beings, or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. Thomas, Tamara and Gabby's struggles to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans lie at the heart of the film. Up Heartbreak Hill premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival and participated in imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional  Premiere

www.upheartbreakhill.com

Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. She is currently producing HGTV's hit show, House Hunters International. Scharf is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television. Up Heartbreak Hill is her first feature film.

Producer: Erica Scharf, Christina D. KingProduction Companies: Long Distance FilmsCinematographer: Erica ScharfEditor: Cindy Lee, Isaac Wayton, Janine Feczko, Megan BrennanMusic: Sasha GordonCast: Thomas Martinez, Tamara Hardy, Gabby NakaiPrint Source: Erica Scharf, erica@upheartbreakhill.com

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

  All She Can

Amy Wendel

USA, Drama, 201096 min, Super 16mm, ColorEnglish

 

Welcome to Benavides, Texas, where petite girls can deadlift 280 pounds, military recruiters roam high school halls, and a patriotic Mexican-American community that has been there since before it was Texas struggles with an economy literally collapsing around it. Luz Garcia wants out, and powerlifting is her ticket. It's all or nothing for her until nothing stares her in the face. This award winning film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.benavidesborn.com

 

Amy Wendel is an alumna of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her previous films include the festival award-winning short films Weightless, Covered Girls, and Bodies, each of which aired nationally on either IFC or Showtime. Amy also directed the short comedy and political satire, Foreign Policy, which screened at festivals in the U.S. and Italy.

 

 

 

Producer: Daniel Miesel, Susan KirrProduction Companies: Kapok PicturesScreenwriter: Daniel Miesel, Amy WendelCinematographer: Robert HauerEditor: Andres SantamariaSound Design: Roy MachadoMusic: Kevin AfflackCast: Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera, Julio César CedilloPrint Source: Maya Entertainment, christinah@maya-entertainment.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

With producer Susan Kirr in attendance

Free

 

 

Canción del cuerpoSong of the Body

Andrew Segovia, Gabriela Alcalá

USA, Performance Documentary, 201156 min, miniDV/HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

In the fall of 2009, Texas Performing Arts, the University of Texas Theatre and Dance Department, and El Colegio del Cuerpo coordinated a pilot project spanning over six months, with residency periods in both Texas and Colombia. Five professional male dancers from Cartagena, Colombia were paired with five female student dancers to develop a new dance work. They were expected to work together, overcoming cultural differences and language barriers, to create a new dance piece. A behind-the-scenes look at dance production and cultural fusion, with artists being pushed out of their comfort zones.

 

World Premiere

www.segoviaproductions.com

 

Andrew Segovia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Radio-TV-Film and Theatre and Dance. This is his first feature.

 

 

 

Gabriela Alcalá graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics. She has a passion for theatre arts and multicultural exchange. This is her first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Joe RandelProduction Companies: Segovia ProductionsScreenwriter: Andrew SegoviaCinematographer: Andrew Segovia, Gabriela AlcaláEditor: Andrew SegoviaSound Design: Andrew SegoviaMusic: Scott Cater, Dan Phillipson, La-33, You Me and IowaCast: UT Theatre and Dance, El Colegio del Cuerpo companiesPrint Source: Andrew Segovia, asegovia.ut@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Andrew Segovia and producer Joe Randel in attendance

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Hombre y tierraMan and Earth

Christian Cisneros

USA, Suspense/Horror, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Mauro Bosque was an adventurer who disappeared into the San Ignacio forest of Belize while filming an episode of his popular web-series, Hombre y tierra. What happened in those woods was a mystery until now. This is a mockumentary of that journey and his encounters with a mysterious creature. Hombre y tierra recently celebrated its world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.hombreytierra.com

 

Christian Cisneros was raised in Texas. He graduated college with two degrees, one in Digital Media Design and the other in Media Communications. This is his first feature film.

 

Producer: Chad Brewer, Maurice Ripke, Eric Garcia, Joe AzzatoProduction Companies: The Moving Image CompanyScreenwriter: Richard WatsonCinematographer: Chad BrewerEditor: Richard WatsonSound Design: Richard WatsonMusic: Richard WatsonCast: Maurice Ripke, Julian GuevaraPrint Source: Christian Cisneros, ccisneros@tmivideos.com

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Christian Cisneros and actor Robert Stewart in attendance

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In the Shadow

Nicole Elmer

USA/Puerto Rico, Surrealism/Drama/Horror, 201197 min, Red One HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Exhausted from the demands of his abilities as a healer, Diego lives in isolation on a small island in his native Puerto Rico. However, his quiet life is disrupted when Hilary, a documentary filmmaker, arrives to continue her project on migration and identity. Intrigued by Diego's mystery and the local gossip about him, she tries to get closer to him. He allows her into his life, but as the two become attracted to each other, Hilary discovers Diego's "gift" also comes with a curse, an uncontrollably violent one that brings painful consequences and changes to both of their lives. In the Shadow recently had its world premiere at Anchorage International Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.intheshadowmovie.com

 

Award-winning filmmaker, writer, and playwright Nicole Elmer studied acting and film production at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and The University of Texas at Austin where she received her degree in Radio-TV-Film. Nicole is also a fiction writer, with numerous published short stories and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize-winning dramatic play, La fruta nunca se cae.

 

 

Producer: Jorge Sermini, Nicole ElmerProduction Companies: Blue Paper Film WorksScreenwriter: Nicole Elmer, Jorge Sermini, Jason TremblayCinematographer: Michael MorlanEditor: Nicole Elmer, Tag SimlerSound Design: Arles EstesMusic: Arles EstesCast: Jorge Sermini, Michelle Keffer, Danny TrejoPrint Source: Nicole Elmer, nicole_elmer@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Nicole Elmer and editor Tag Simler

in attendance

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Lilia

Sam Lerma

USA, Social Issue Drama, 201118 min, HDCAM/DVCPro, ColorEnglish

 

Lilia is a story about a man's struggle to keep his family together after losing his job. He has a 5-year-old daughter named Lilia, and he's working to make her happy and keep his wife in school. Then one day the rug gets swept from beneath their feet and they find themselves fighting for all they've worked for. This is the story of the desperate measures people take, and how the very things we work so hard to accumulate can tear us apart. This San Antonio produced film premiered in the Urban Stories section of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2011.

 

Austin Premiere

www.mixminusmedia.com

 

Producer: Ralph LopezProduction Companies: Mix Minus MediaScreenwriter: Sam LermaCinematographer: Yuta YamaguchiEditor: Sam LermaSound Design: Dagoberto Patlan Cast: Alfredo Lomeli, Aisa Palomares, Lauren MontemayorPrint Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With producer Ralph Lopez and actor Lauren Montemayor in attendance

Opens for Hombre y tierra

 

 

Open Your Eyes

Adolfo R. Mora

USA, Social Issue Drama, 201113 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

What is being normal? This question resonates in Ponchin, an eleven-year-old who tries to answer it while playing with his friends. Through his self-reflective journey, the complex yet personal answer lies closer to home than he can imagine. Open Your Eyes was awarded the Red Wasp Social Consciousness Award by the Brazos Progressives Red Wasp Film Festival

Austin Premiere

Producer: Adolfo R. MoraProduction Companies: ARM's StudiosScreenwriter: Adolfo R. MoraCinematographer: Adolfo R. MoraEditor: Adolfo R. MoraSound Design: Adolfo R. MoraMusic: Moby GratisCast: Judith Kilburn, Rolando Santos, Mario SanchezPrint Source: Adolfo R. Mora, arm_productions@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Adolfo Mora in attendance

Opens for In The Shadow

Para vivirTo Live

Juan A. Izaguirre

USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201110 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Joel is a young man living without documentation in Austin, Texas. Originally from Mexico, he is here to work to pay for medicine to treat his cancer--medicine he cannot afford in Mexico. The film follows Joel for a day; we are with him at a day labor center and he explains his situation, including the 35 months he spent in jail for being caught without documentation. This film forms a part of the Faces of Austin 2012 selection.

Festival Premiere

Producer: Juan A. Izaguirre

Production Companies: Izaguirre FilmsCinematographer: Juan A. IzaguirreEditor: Juan A. IzaguirreSound Design: Juan A. Izaguirre Cast: Joel Hernandez MartinezPrint Source: Juan A. Izaguirre, no_ma_am02@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

The XY Zone

Kathryn Morrissey, Paloma Gonzalez

US, Documentary, 20118 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

An organization helps a group of young male teens at Reagan High School in Austin, TX transition from youth to young adulthood. This film forms a part of the Faces of Austin 2012 selection.

Festival Premiere

Producer: Kathryn MorrisseyProduction Companies: East Austin StoriesCinematographer: Katy Morrissey, Paloma GonzalezEditor: Paloma GonzalezSound Design: Paloma GonzalezMusic: Dani PersonCast: Wilton Harris, Donte Jones, Francisco Rivera, Travis YoungPrint Source: Paloma Gonzalez, pgsaxju@aol.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo

Colombia/Bolivia/USA, Land/Social Issues Documentary, 201190 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

More than ten thousand miners in southwestern Bolivia still excavate the slopes and tunnels of Cerro Rico ("Rich Hill"), the richest silver field in mining history, even though most of the mineral resources of the mountain have been depleted. Raising issues of social and economic sustainability, Cerro Rico offers a striking, unsparing portrait of labor in the highlands of South America, creating a universal statement about the historic cost on workers due to global demands for Earth's wealth. Shot in iconic Potosí and in the surreal salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, where half of the world's lithium is still untapped, Cerro Rico has screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Victoria Film Festival in Canada and FIC VALDIVIA 18.

US Premiere

www.piscofilms.com

Juan Vallejo is a U.S.–born, Colombian–raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He recently obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is his first feature-length work.

Producer: Juan VallejoCinematographer: Juan Vallejo, Robert Alan RackhamEditor: Juan Vallejo, JiYe KimSound Design: Andrea BellaMusic: Andres SubercaseauxPrint Source: Juan Vallejo, piscofilms@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 26 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201172 min, DVCPro HD, ColorEnglish

Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Why is studying Mexican culture and history controversial? What is Ethnic Studies? Why is the national dropout rate so high for Latino youth? The Dos Vatos Productions team filmed a year in the classroom to find out why the Mexican American Studies program is so popular with students, so misunderstood by the public, and to discover what actually happens in the classroom. Precious Knowledge had its world premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and is especially timely in light of the recent ban on Mexican American Studies in Tucson.

Regional Premiere

www.dosvatos.com

Ari Luis Palos has directed and shot a number of films. Palos enjoys participating in Tucson's All Soul's Procession, a performance art extravaganza where he transforms into a dead vaquero to mourn and celebrate loved ones who have passed. He once rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle from Oaxaca, Mexico to a small factory in Nicaragua, just to smoke the world's finest cigar.

Producer: Eren McGinnisProduction Companies: Dos Vatos ProductionsCinematographer: Ari PalosEditor: Jacob BriccaSound Design: Otto HelmuthMusic: Naim AmorCast: Curtis Acosta, Jose GonzalezPrint Source: Ari Palos, ari@dosvatos.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

USA, Documentary, 201174 min, MiniDV/8mm/Super16mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Mata Ortiz, a small community located in the Chihuahuan Desert, is an unlikely place for an artistic renaissance. In the 1960s, resident Juan Quezada found some pottery created by the Paquimé Indians while searching for firewood in the mountains. Quezada began to experiment with local clay, pigments and firing techniques. Without any sort of training, he relied on a painstaking trial-and-error method. In 1976, anthropologist Spencer MacCallum found a few of Quezada's pots in a second-hand store in New Mexico. Fascinated by Quezada's skill and unique talent, MacCallum decided to track down the artist. He finally located Quezada in Mata Ortiz and convinced him that his pottery could be sold in the US. What began as a hobby for Quezada has turned into a phenomenon that is recognized worldwide. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz recently won the Directors' Choice Award for Best Arts Film at the Sedona Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.helpfundmymovie.com

Armed with degrees in film and economics from the University of Michigan, Scott Petersen began his career on the feature film, Zebrahead. Along with working in John Hughes' office, his résumé includes work on Antiques Roadshow, Rescue 911, Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News, BBC, VH1, the Food Network, MGM Home Entertainment and several feature films and commercials. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz is his third long-form documentary. He lives in Southern California.

Producer: Scott PetersenScreenwriter: Scott PetersenCinematographer: Pete BiagiEditor: Scott PetersenSound Design: Bobby GarzaMusic: Patrick KirstCast: Spencer MacCallum, Juan Quezada, Diego Valles, Nicolas Quezada, Walter ParksPrint Source: Scott Petersen, mataortizmovie@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

USA, Biographical Documentary, 201157 min, HDCAM/MiniDV, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish

Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota in the 1950s. The mission of these schools was still to "kill the Indian and save the man." Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain himself to his estranged children. The film tells the story of how Walter confronted the "thick dark fog" of his past so that he could renew himself and his community. The Thick Dark Fog had its world premiere at the American Indian Institute Film Festival.

Regional  Premiere

www.thickdarkfog.com

Randy Vasquez grew up on the beaches of southern California and in the mountains of North Carolina. His first feature documentary, Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story, was filmed in El Salvador and screened at Cine Las Americas in 2002. When Walter Littlemoon saw it, he decided to collaborate with Randy on this film, The Thick Dark Fog. Randy has been fortunate enough to eke out a living over the last 30 years as an actor; recently he appeared in Beto Gomez' Mexican hit film Saving Private Perez in 2011. On the 29 year installment plan, he finally graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in American Indian Studies last June.

Producer: Jonathan SkurnikProduction Companies: High Valley ProductionsCinematographer: Kahlil HudsonEditor: Paul FreedmanMusic: Kathryn BosticPrint Source: Randy Vasquez - High Valley Productions, rjv98@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance

Free

Child of the Desert

Iliana Sosa

USA, Social Drama, 201119 min, RED, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Child of the Desert is a contemporary short film that follows Elia, a working class mother, on her journey across the Southwest to see the final resting site of her military son. Fearless and free-spirited, Elia meets Jorge, an undocumented immigrant, at a gas station and befriends him despite the fact that she does not speak Spanish. Set against the backdrop of the Texas desert, Elia believes that her son has returned in the form of Jorge's presence in order to assuage her pain and allow her to forgive herself for not being able to "save" him. Child of the Desert has been screening around the country, including at San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Iliana was presented with the "Best Director" Award at the 2012 BHLIFE Film Festival in Boyle Heights.

 

Austin Premiere

www.facebook.com/ChildoftheDesertMovie ,www.ilianasosa.com/?page_id=23

 

Iliana Sosa is a filmmaker and writer from El Paso, Texas born to Mexican immigrant parents and currently based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in film directing from UCLA and is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the prestigious Steven Bochco Fellowship. With Child of the Desert she aims to honor the mothers of deceased military men and women who must deal with the consequences of a senseless war in very tangible and personal ways.

Producer: Iliana Sosa, Carlos CorralScreenwriter: Iliana SosaCinematographer: Judy PhuEditor: Alex DeMilleSound Design: Eric HoehnMusic: Claire HolleyCast: Dale Dickey, Victor BonevaPrint Source: Iliana Sosa, sosa.iliana@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Camera obscura

 

 

Matador on the Road

Alexis Morante

Spain, Drama/Comedy, 201116 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

On the way to Las Vegas, a Cadillac runs over something in the middle of the desert, totaling the car. In the car is a Spanish matador, who has to get to Las Vegas to be in a bullfight. However, the new situation with the totaled car creates an unexpected ending. Glory awaits him in Las Vegas, but sometimes, glory is left behind on the road. Matador on the Road is garnering international renown including screening in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.matadorontheroad.comwww.agenciafreak.com/cortometraje/MATADOR-ON-THE-ROAD/12

Producer: Alexis MoranteProduction Companies: FREAK Short Film AgencyScreenwriter: Alexis Morante, Raúl SantosCinematographer: Carlos García de DiosEditor: Alexis MoranteSound Design: Diana SagristaMusic: Enrique BunburyCast: Juan Diego, Fernando Aldaz, Tamara Arias, Miguel Ángel GonzálezPrint Source: Mónica Gallego, prints@agenciafreak.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Música campesina

PescadoraFisherwoman

Daniel Enrique García

Peru/USA, Drama, 201124 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Late one night, Dora meets her boyfriend Steven, a young fisherman, under an upturned boat. A relative mentions that fishermen recently made a big catch nearby. Dora visits Steven again, hoping he will take her out on a boat. Steven tells Dora to choose between marrying him or following her dream of becoming a fisherman. Pescadora had its world premiere at Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes del Cusco.

Regional Premiere

www.pescadorafilm.com

Producer: Daniel Enrique GarcíaScreenwriter: Daniel Enrique GarcíaCinematographer: Chad TerpstraEditor: Daniel Enrique García, Chad TerpstraSound Design: Edgar LostenauMusic: Miguel FloresCast: Jazmine Zapata Morante, Orieta Foy, Flor Castillo Alma, Steven Salgado, Cesar Panta Fiestas, Narciso Anton Vilela, Clemencio Sanchez Quiroga, Eder Junior Fiestas GalanPrint Source: Daniel E. García, danieliyo99@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

With director Daniel García in attendance

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for El lenguaje de los machetes

A Wild Idea

Veronica Moscoso

Ecuador/USA, Activism/Documentary, 201127 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

A Wild Idea is a documentary about the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, Ecuador's unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change. In exchange for payments from the world community, the country will leave untouched its largest oil reserves. The film takes the viewer to the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rain forest's stunning biodiversity. The film also focuses on the millions of barrels of oil lying beneath a place known as the ITT Block. A Wild Idea has been sharing its point of view with audiences world-wide, and recently won Best Short Film at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.awildidea-movie.com

Producer: Veronica MoscosoProduction Companies: UC Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismEditor: Veronica MoscosoSound Design: Dan OlmstedMusic: Max LohPrint Source: Veronica Moscoso, vero@veromundo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Paraíso

Nadav Kurtz

USA, Documentary, 201210 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago's tallest sky-scrapers. Paraíso reveals the danger of their job and what they see on the way down. This short has been enjoying a whirlwind festival run, including Tribeca and True/False Film Festivals, prior to coming to Austin.

Texas Premiere

www.paraisofilm.com

Nadav Kurtz was born in 1978 in Tel Aviv, Israel and lived in England and Switzerland before moving to the United States at the age of nine. He began his career as an award-winning commercial and film editor. Most recently, he co-edited Bolden, a not yet released feature film by Vilmos Zsigmund, and edited and co-produced Street Thief which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Production Companies: Dictionary FilmsCinematographer: Nadav KurtzEditor: Nadav Kurtz, Tony GannonSound Design: Adam Biagianti, Zach Goheen, Jose RivasMusic: Ronen LandaCast: Sergio Polanco, Jaime Polanco, Cruz GuzmanPrint Source: Nadav Kurtz, nadavkurtz@hotmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours

Mauricio Arango

Colombia/USA, Surrealist Human Rights Drama, 201016 min, HDCAM, ColorNo dialogue

A young man living in the Colombian countryside wakes up in the middle of the night. With some difficulty he gets up, dresses, and ventures outside. As he walks, nature's presence is felt in a heightened way: animal noises, trees swaying in the wind, and an impenetrable darkness overtake his path. After reaching the river's shore, he wades into the water on a raft with nothing but a long stick to row with and a single light to guide him. Beneath the moon-lit ripples he makes a startling discovery. In the eerie stillness of the night, it is hard to distinguish him from what he finds. He navigates upstream, alone and consumed by the weight of his chore. This short film has been enjoying an international festival tour along with accolades including a Jury's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.mauricioarango.net/nightofthemoon

Producer: Mauricio Arango, Julian ArangoScreenwriter: Mauricio ArangoCinematographer: Juan MartinezEditor: Mauricio ArangoSound Design: Neil BenezraCast: Alex BetancurPrint Source: Mauricio Arango, contact@mauricioarango.net

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Burros

El Cantante

León Ichaso

USA, Biographical Drama, 2006 106 min, 35mm, Color Spanish, English

 

Spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, EL CANTANTE charts Hector Lavoe's rapid rise to success and fame as an artist whose music combined Puerto Rican tradition with streetwise modernity, unabashed emotion with straightforward realism. It reveals the singer not only as an architect of salsa but as its soul; the kind of artist, like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf or La Lupe, who forges an uncanny emotional bond with his audience. Love, pain, joy, pride, sorrow, endurance: Hector Lavoe's singing contained the raw stuff of life as ordinary people - and he himself - knew it.

 

Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

 

Producer: Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado Production Companies: Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions Screenwriter: Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello Cinematographer: Claudio Chea Editor: David Tedeschi Sound Design: Sandy Berman Music: Willie Colón, Andrés Levin Cast: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Vincent Laresca, Federico Castellucio, Nelson Vasquez

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterBlack Box TheaterWed. April 27 9:00 PM

Free

 

Paraíso Paraiso

León Ichaso

USA, Thriller/Drama, 2009 100, HD, Color/Black & White Spanish, English with English subtitles

The monotonous life of Miami radio personality Remigio Gallegos changes abruptly when he answers the phone to find out that a son he has never met is waiting for him at the immigration office. Along with his mother's cross, the young man brings with him a haunted past. Paraiso explores generational and class divides within the Cuban exile community in southern Florida. Part thriller, drama, and existential romance, the film explodes with heart, color, music, and a desperate tale.

Regional Premiere

www.paraisothefilm.blogspot.com

Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

Producer: León Ichaso, Lisa Rhoden Boyd Production Companies: Camino Verde Films Screenwriter: León Ichaso Cinematographer: Henry Vargas, Henry Lynk Editor: Juan Carlos Garza, Sebastián Jiménez Sound Design: Bruno Canale Music: Alfredo Triff Cast: Miguel Gutiérrez, Adrián Más, Tamara Melián, Lili Rentería, Ariel Texido, Juan David Ferrer, Aliani Sánchez, Larry Villanueva, Sandra García, Rosie Iguanzo, Roberto Poveda Print Source: León Ichaso, Lichaso1@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Black Box Theater Tuesday, April 26, 9pm Free!

 

The Secret Friend

Flavio Alves

Brazil/USA, Comedy, 2010 15 min, 35mm, Color English

 

A reclusive, elderly widow, Anna Marshall (Viola Harris), lives in quiet desperation following her husband's death until she begins receiving daily phone calls from a silent stranger. At first finding the calls intrusive, Anna soon finds herself waiting for the phone to ring with growing anticipation each day. This prompts her to reach out to her silent prankster, and an odd, mysterious friendship evolves. But when the calls abruptly end, a devastated Anna is compelled to do something quite surprising to fill the unbearable void.

 

Texas Premiere

www.thesecretfriendmovie.com

 

Director: Flavio Alves Production Companies: Queens Picture Producer: Raina Oberlin Screenwriter: João Silvério Trevisan Cinematographer: Adam McDaid Editor: Chris Houghton Sound Design: Carmine Picarello Music: Jack Woodbridge Cast: Viola Harris, Siobhan Fallon, Beau Hauser, Richard Scott Print Source Contact: Queens Picture, info@queenspicture.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 6:00 PM FREE!

 

 

The Big Deal

Lucy Rodriguez

USA, Drama/Comedy, 2011 13 min, HD, Color English

 

Find out what happens when Michele brings home her white, agnostic, vegan boyfriend to meet her Mexican, Catholic, meat-eating family. Based on a chapter from the book How to be a Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros.

 

World Premiere

myjourneythroughindiewood.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Lucy Rodriguez, Onahoua Rodriguez Production Companies: Much & Lulu Screenwriter: Lucy Rodriguez Cinematographer: Matthew Boyd Editor: Sharon Frankel Sound Design: Brian Sorbo Cast: Onahoua Rodriguez, Catalina Maynard, Carlo Alban, Daniel Zacapa Print Source: Lucy Rodriguez, lucy@lulustuff.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 8:00 PM FREE!

 

Día de los muertos: A Day for the Living

Trina Bardusco

USA, Documentary, 2011 13 min, HDV, Color English, Spanish, Spanglish with English subtitles

 

The "Day of the Dead" is celebrated in Texas with its own unique flavor. This documentary short explores everything from the how's and why's of altar making, to what this celebration really means to a special group of San Antonio residents as they commemorate their loved ones. Featuring Rita Vidaurri-Eden (legendary singer), David Rice (writer), Carmen Tafolla (writer-performer), Jesús de la Torre (educator), Patricia S. Castillo (Family violence prevention activist), and an Aztec inspired ceremony at our Lady of the Lake University with Prof. Oswald J. Nira. A colorful and poignant mezcla of parades and events that illustrate the deeper meanings of this often misunderstood, but very popular celebration.

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com

 

Producer: Trina Bardusco Production Company: HBO Latino and Latino Media Works 2010 Screenwriter: Trina Bardusco Cinematographer: Pete Simmonite Editor: Jacky Kamahji Sound Design: Jacky Kamahji Music: John Branch

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM

Opens for Habla Texas

 

Tongues of Stone

Jason Blalock

Argentina/USA, Documentary, 2009 45 min, MiniDV/BetaSP, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

The Rolling Stones have conceded that they are more popular in Argentina than any other country in the world, which is strange since they didn't play a single concert in Buenos Aires until 1995 - two decades into their career. But their absence didn't stop two generations of "rollingas" from sporting the Stones' trademark tongue and developing their own Stones-themed bands, bars, soccer clubs, restaurants, and fashion crazes. Through engaging and often hilarious interviews, performances, and archival footage, Tongues of Stone investigates the legendary status of the Rolling Stones in Argentina, and reveals the strange power of rock 'n' roll in the least likely of places.

 

World Premiere

www.jasonblalock.com

 

Producer: Jason Blalock Cinematographer: Jason Blalock Editor: Jason Blalock Sound Design: Karolina Knopp, Alysha Yagoda Music: Jovenes Pordioseros, Ratones Paranoicos, Viejas Locas Print Source: Jason Blalock, jcblalock@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Sat. April 23 5:00 PM FREE!

 

Dreams Awake

Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith

USA, Documentary, 2010 7 min, DVCPro HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Doroteo Garcia, like countless Mexican immigrants, came to the United States to make a better life for his family. What was meant to be a short separation from his family has now lasted longer than a decade. To deal with his loneliness, Doroteo turned to poetry to express himself. To combat the invisibility of immigrant workers, he also became a union activist. This film explores the many layers of this charismatic man by juxtaposing his poetry and storytelling with scenes of his life both inside and outside the art museum where he works.

 

Texas Premiere

www.kevingordonfilms.com

 

Producer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Cinematographer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Editor: Rebekah Meredith, Kevin Gordon Sound Design: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Print Source: Rebekah Meredith, rebekah_meredith@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

Columbus Day Legacy

Bennie Klain

USA, Documentary, 2010 35 min, MiniDV/8mm Super, Color/Black & White English

 

Columbus Day Legacy explores the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day controversy in Denver, Colorado. Since its recent incarnation in 1992, the 500th anniversary of America's "discovery," the Italian-American community in Denver has wholeheartedly celebrated its revered holiday, much to the dismay of the many local Native Americans. Both the Italian- and Native American communities are strong, vibrant, and tight-knit. Columbus Day Legacy conveys this sense of community on both sides of this vigorous debate while addressing the conflicts involving freedom of speech, the interpretation of history, and what it means to be an "American."

 

World Premiere

www.tricksterfilms.com

 

Producer: Leighton C. Peterson Production Companies: TricksterFilms Cinematographer: Marko Slavnic, Nancy Schiesari Editor: Bennie Klain Sound Design: William Riddle Music: Various Artists Print Source: Bennie Klain - TricksterFilms, bklain@tricksterfilms.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Shimásání Blackhorse Lowe

USA, Drama, 2009 15 min, 35mm, Black & White Navajo with English subtitles

 

In the late 1920s on the serene Navajo reservation, Mary Jane spends her time daydreaming and tending to her family's flock of sheep under the customs and guidance of her Másání (grandmother). When her older sister, Anne Mae, flees from boarding school, she returns to the reservation with a world geography book. The images in the book reveal new worlds that are "just over the mountain." Conflicted by her obedient nature and her curious imagination, Mary Jane must privately decide her own fate: to maintain her typical lifestyle alongside the sheep and Másání, or to depart into the exotic, unknown world shown on the pages of the book.

 

Texas Premiere

www.shimasani.com, www.blackmesaentertainment.com, www.killerwhaleprm.org

 

Producer: Chad Burris Production Companies: Másání Screenwriter: Blackhorse Lowe Cinematographer: Smokey Nelson Editor: Blackhorse Lowe Sound Design: David Stevens Cast: Brigadier Brown, Carmelita B. Lowe, Noelle Brown Print Source: Michelle Svenson - Killer Whale PR+M/Black Mesa Entertainment, MSvenson@gmail.com

 

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 9:45 PM

Opens for On the Ice

 

Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid

Curtis Craven

Mexico/USA, Docmentary, 2010 27 min, BetaSP, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Vanilla is a New World spice originating from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Two different groups of people are involved in its production: the indigenous people who have been growing it on small farms for centuries, and descendants of Italian immigrants who have been processing and selling the bean since the mid-1800s. Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid examines the relationship these two cultures have with the plant during its yearly cycle, from the hand-pollination of the flowers, to the harvesting and subsequent drying of the bean.

 

World Premiere

www.curtiscraven.com

Producer: Curtis Craven Production Companies: Hecho a Mano Productions Screenwriter: Curtis Craven Cinematographer: Curtis Craven Editor: Curtis Craven Sound Design: Curtis Craven Music: Voladores de Papantla, Curt Voelkel Cast: Patricia Vonne, Cristina Lopez, Daniel Eduardo Hurst Print Source: Curtis Craven - Hecho a Mano Productions, ccraven322@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Time for a Hero

James Stevens

USA, Musical/Comedy, 2010 16 min, HDV, Color English

 

Tate dreams of being a superhero just like his old friend, and local superhero, Hero. When Tate suddenly gets his own superpower to change back clocks, he goes to Hero, hoping to become his partner in justice. However, Hero rejects him, which prompts Tate to become Time Warp, an evil villain set on revenge.

 

Austin Premiere

jameswstevens.wordpress.com

 

Producer: Mark Sullivan, Christine Tolson, Sarah Russell, James Stevens Screenwriter: James Stevens and Sarah Russell Cinematographer: Allen Ho Editor: Sarah Russell Sound Design: Sarah Russell Music: Sarah Russell Cast: Braden Hunt, Jesse Allen, Sarah Agnew Print Source: Sarah Russell, sarah.russell.editing@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

The Dreamers

Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner

USA, Documentary, 2010 13 min, HDV, Color English

 

The Dreamers offers a look at the lives of undocumented youth, and the reality they face of not being able to pursue their dreams despite their success in school.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner Screenwriter: Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner Cinematographer: Paloma Gonzalez Editor: Paloma Gonzalez Sound Design: Paloma Gonzalez Music: Alexa Yunes Cast: Jorge Gonzalez, Rick Noriega, Carlos Cruz, Ernie Sandoval, Juan Gonzalez Print Source: Paloma Gonzalez, pgsaxju@aol.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

¿Tacos o tacos? ¿Tacos or Tacos?

Robert Lemon

USA, Documentary, 2010 14 min, Digital, Color English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Austin, TX is seeing a strong emergence of new food cultures, which in turn is shaping community identities throughout the city. By juxtaposing immigrant taco trucks on the East side of Austin to the new, trendy food trucks in the eclectic and eccentric neighborhood of South Austin, ¿Tacos or Tacos? shows that taco trucks are more than just a place to eat for Mexican immigrants.

 

Texas Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Tacos-or-Tacos/160105000713358

 

Producer: Robert Lemon Screenwriter: Robert Lemon Cinematographer: Robert Lemon, Aaron Fine Editor: Robert Lemon, Aaron Fine Sound Design: Robert Lemon Music: Guy Clarke, Banda El Grullo Cast: Sarah Courington, Robert Lemon, Jaime Malendez Print Source: Robert Lemon, rdlemon@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Our Guadalupe

Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett

USA, Documentary, 2010 7 min, HD, Color English

 

From the same house where they were born and raised, three sisters invite old childhood friends over to reminisce on how the church was, and still is, a central part of their lives and the community.

 

World Premiere

www.eastaustinstories.org

Producer: Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett Production Companies: East Austin Stories Cinematographer: Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett Editor: Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett Sound Design: Greg Armstrong Music: Eric Vormelker, Lisa Schneider Cast: The Salas Sisters Print Source: Chelsea Hernandez, chelseahernandez@mac.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

Kidnappeando

Norbi Zylberberg

Mexico/USA, Comedy, 2010 13 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Kidnappeando is an independent short film that embraces, in a sarcastic and comedic way, the streetwise attitude of a young guy in pursuit of a long-delayed dream.

 

World Premiere

www.kidnappeando.com

 

Producer: Ornella Jaramillo Production Companies: Lost In Traducción Screenwriter: Norbi Zylberberg Cinematographer: Robert Smith Editor: Alex Neuman Sound Design: Pablo Solorzano Music: Gustavo Farias Cast: Francisco "Paco" Hernandez, Linda J. Carter, Nancy Lantis, Mark Hickman Print Source: Norbi Zylberberg, norbigeorge@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Hermoso silencio Beautiful Silence

Jorge A. Jimenez

USA, Drama, 2010 102 min, DVD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Cruz is a young man who has lived his entire life in the mountains of northern Mexico. Before the death of his father, he was told that he had family on the other side of the mountains in the United States. After his father's death, he takes a journey into the unknown and begins to see a world he did not know existed. Hermoso silencio is a story about family, friendship, racism, and love, all of which converge in Cruz's story.

 

World Premiere

Jorge A. Jimenez holds a degree in Directing and Acting from Texas State University. He has worked in 13 different films as an actor over the past four years including Clemente, 2:22, Desdemon, El Pozo by Guillermo Arriaga, ¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita?, Maten a Leo Mendez, and Shades of Gray.

 

Producer: Jorge A. Jimenez Production Companies: Ah: Raza Films Screenwriter: Jorge A. Jimenez Cinematographer: Philip Roy Editor: Philip Roy Sound Design: Luis Monterrubio Music: David Frost Cast: Jorge A. Jimenez, Carmen Salinas, Brad Maule, Erin Brooke Print Source: Jorge A. Jimenez, jajimenezv@hotmail.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Hands of God

Carlos Corral

USA, Drama, 2009 83 min, HDV, Color English

 

Dr. Michael Vidal is in his final year of surgical residency and has just been named senior chief resident at his hospital. After his father's death, he slowly begins to lose touch with reality and resorts to drinking while on the job. As he begins to question his profession, a patient befriends him and offers him a second chance at understanding his father.

 

Regional Premiere

www.mindwarpentertainment.com

 

Carlos Fernando Corral was born in 1983 in Phoenix, AZ and raised in El Paso, TX. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, his past films include Sobre Tu Cadaver, Breaking Borders: Cross-Dressers & Drag Queens of El Paso, TX, and Santos. Carlos and his brother Octavio currently manage MindWarp LLC in El Paso, TX.

 

 

 

Producer: Carlos Corral Production Companies: MindWarp Entertainment Screenwriter: Carlos Corral Cinematographer: Benny Ontiveros Editor: Carlos Corral Sound Design: Carlos Corral, Christopher Robleto Music: Neal Barenblat, Saul Irigoyen Cast: Manny Rubio, Jim Daross, Marco Naylor, Frank Laverpool, Carlos Corral, Alyssa Sherman, Sandy Salinas, Laura Patricia Carrillo, Jose Angel Herrera, Maria Luisa Holguin, Cristina Holguin, Eduardo Holguin, Armando Beltran, Nomar Rizo, Raymond Niemira, Carlos Humberto Corral, Eduardo Valdez, Phillip Skylier Blake, Richard Thomas, Monica Chavira, Mia Villarreal, Samuel Ponzio, Esteban Guaderrama, Ivan Salcido, Felix Castaneda, Efren Lemus, Karen J. Moore Print Source: Carlos Corral - MindWarp Entertainment, carlos@mindwarpentertainment.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

Gone Hollywood

Demetrius Navarro

USA, Romantic Comedy, 2011 80 min, Digital, Color English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Alberto Vasquez is the star of the spy TV show "Chaos Man." Shortly after losing his job on the show, his father dies and leaves Alberto his bar - The Golden Que - located in the small, south Texas town of Elsa. Alberto returns to Elsa with the intention of selling the bar, but along the way, rediscovers his hometown.

 

Austin Premiere

Demetrius Navarro was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. Demetrius' primary focus is to produce and direct movies that portray Latinos in a positive light.

 

 

Producer: Demetrius Navarro Production Companies: Latino Films Screenwriter: Demetrius Navarro, David Rice Cinematographer: Mario Ortiz Editor: Ken Morrisey Sound Design: Manuel R. Delgado Music: Juan C. Zavala Cast: Fernado Carrillo, Valente Rodríguez, Erlinda Orozco, Daniel Luján Print Source: David Haines, chiznal@aol.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 4:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

After Iraq

Sascha Weiss

USA, Documentary, 2010 16 min, HD Cam, Color English

 

With major combat operations in Iraq officially ending in August 2010, hundreds of thousands of troops are returning home. After Iraq explores the personal readjustment experiences of three Texas-based Iraq War veterans as they deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, separation from family, and the physical and mental scars of battle. Through intimate and sometimes humorous interviews, the diversity of their experiences is seen.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Sascha Weiss Cinematographer: Olivier Dalipagic Editor: Tat Ho Yee, Olivier Dalipagic Sound Design: Olivier Dalipagic, Sachin Shah, Michelle Mejia, Lauren Gerson Music: Michael Cozzi, Steve Hanson, Paul Lawler, Gustavo Santaolalla Print Source: Sascha Weiss, sascha.weiss@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives

Nancy Kelly

USA, Documentary, 2010 78 min, MiniDV, Color English

 

Trust follows Marlin, a young Hondureña living in Chicago who has lived through some of the harshest cruelties imaginable: sexual abuse followed by severe depression. Propelled by her participation in the Albany Park Theater Project, a neighborhood teen theater company which makes original plays based on company members' stories, Marlin experiences a healthy movement away from identifying herself with those traumas in a documentary that is both uplifting and transformative.

 

Texas Premiere

www.trustdocumentary.org

 

Nancy Kelly, a veteran independent filmmaker of more than 25 years, is director of Smitten, Downside UP, and Thousand Pieces of Gold. Currently she is in production on Moments in Time, about how the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area were saved from development.

 

Producer: Nancy Kelly Production Companies: Kelly+Yamamoto Productions Screenwriter: Nancy Kelly Cinematographer: Daniel B. Gold, Dana Kupper Editor: Kenji Yamamoto Sound Design: Phil Perkins Music: Todd Boekelheide Print Source Contact: Nancy Kelly - Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, nancy@kelly-yamamoto.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 8:00 PM FREE!

 

The Myth of Time

Jaguar X

Guatemala/USA, Experimental Narrative, 2010 92 min, Super16mm/35mm, Color Spanish, English, Mayan with English subtitles

 

The unwritten chapters of the Mayan Popol Vuh are related in The Myth of Time by sharing the story of a boy, the Dark-Eyed One, and his transformation into manhood. The story takes place in a world where a holocaust has just occurred and we follow the Dark-Eyed One through his creation, experiences as a child soldier, first love, and ultimately The Revelation.

 

Regional Premiere

www.TheMythofTimeTheMovie.com

 

Jaguar X, born in Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of New York University, has worked as a poet, actor and director of three films: The Dinner Party; La cabra, recipient of a Kodak materials grant; and The Myth of Time, filmed over five years in Guatemala.

 

Producer: Scorpion Hernandez Production Companies: Le Rwa Entertainment Screenwriter: Jaguar X Cinematographer: Gordon Arkenberg, Steven Huber, Cesar Gutierrez Miranda, Axel Rodil Editor: Le Rwa Entertainment Sound Design: Le Rwa Entertainment Music: Scorpion Hernandez, Luis Juárez Quixtán and Ludwin Juárez Quixtan Cast: Daniel Posada, Scorpion H., Enrique Valencia, Alicia Chong, Jaguar X, David Sterne, Rob Morgan, Josue Sotomayor Print Source: Jaguar X - Le Rwa Entertainment, lerwa000@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

La Salsa Cubana

Eric Joseph Johnson, Sarita Streng

USA/Cuba, Music/Dance Documentary, 2011 81 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

A salsa dance group from Guanabacoa, located on the outskirts of Havana, is attempting to win the Cuban national dance competition. It is a story and event that engrosses the country. Along the group's journey to the competition, viewers can hear Cuban music, delve into the dancers' lives, learn a bit about the history of dance, and of course, see vibrant dancing.

 

Regional Premiere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancers and directors Eric Joseph Johnson and Sarita Streng were co-teachers and performers before filming La Salsa Cubana. Johnson currently works as a freelance engineer, and Streng runs the Community Dance Program in Albuquerque, NM.

Producer: Eric Joseph Johnson Production Companies: Me Priva Pictures Screenwriter: Eric Joseph Johnson Cinematographer: Alvaro Rangel Editor: Eric Joseph Johnson, David Leach Sound Design: Eric Joseph Johnson, David Leach, Eduardo "Tatico" Collazo Music: David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera, Beny Moré, Chucho Valdés y su Cuarteto, Orquesta Aragón, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Elio Revé y su Charangón, Issac Delgado y su Orquesta, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Pupy y los que son son, Grupo Changui de Guantanamo, and many more Print Source: Eric Joseph Johnson, ericjjohnson@hotmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos

Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Michael Davey

USA, Documentary, 2010 58 min, DigiBeta, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland, Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, Florida, an American coastal resort where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film chronicles the reasons why people migrate across borders, how people make and remake their communities when they travel thousands of miles from home, and how people maintain families despite their travel. With immigration being such controversial topic, the film strives to include the voices of those opposed to as well as advocating for undocumented immigrants, and prompt a deeper dialogue about these issues.

 

Regional Premiere

www.brothertowns.com

 

Charles Thompson is a Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion at Duke. His other film works include The Guestworker and We Shall Not Be Moved. Michael Davey, a painter and editor, has worked in the production business for more than twenty years and during that time has edited a wide variety of programs including documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and Animal Planet.

 

Producer: Charles D. Thompson, Jr. Production Companies: Bullfrog Films Cinematographer: Michael Davey, Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Margaret Morales Editor: Michael Davey Sound Design: Michael Davey, Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Margaret Morales Music: La Tona, Santos Montejo, Musicians of Jacaltenango Cast: Filomeno Raymundo Diaz Print Source: Bullfrog Films, video@bullfrogfilms.com

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityMon. April 25 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Boys of Summer

Keith Aumont

USA/Curaçao, Documentary, 2010 93 min, HD, Color Papiamentu, English with English subtitles

 

On a tiny Caribbean island, the Curaçao All-Stars have competed at the Little League World Series for an incredible seven consecutive years. They routinely beat teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in the hopes of making it to the finals in the US. Over the course of one season, the boys face injuries and obstacles as they try to keep the winning streak alive. Team manager Vernon Isabella and his players learn the meaning of national pride in a story that travels from a humble island ball field to the international spotlight and back.

 

Texas Premiere

www.boysofsummerfilm.com

 

Keith Aumont is the director of two previous short films, American Exquisite and Joint Custody. Boys of Summer is his first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Ariana Garfinkel Production Companies: The Putty Division, Reno Productions Cinematographer: Keith Aumont Editor: Keiran Watson-Bonnice Sound Design: Carmine Degennaro Music: Jay Israelson Print Source: Ariana Garfinkel, ariana@boysofsummerfilm.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 6:00 PM FREE!

 

New Children / New York Compilation

The film New Children/New York, in Cine Las Americas' Feature Documentaries in Competition this year, documents the process by which three Latino Youths from inner-city New York learn to pick up the camera and tell their own stories in their own ways through that medium. We are proud to present this compilation of New Children/New York youth films, representing many of the youth who participated in the workshops, beyond the three profiled in the documentary.

Desconocido Stranger Fausto el Piro 11 min, Ecuador, 2010

Fight Fight Fight! New Children/New York Youth Group 7 min, USA/Ecuador/Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2010

G-Boys Bryan Lopez 8 min, Puerto Rico, 2010

iTofu Desiree Camacho 6 min, Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic, 2010

Mojados Miriam Patricia Torres 6 min, Ecuador, 2010

My Life Kelvin Lara 6 min, Dominican Republic, 2010

Sad Churro Family Joshua Carrero 7 min, Puerto Rico/Aruba/USA, 2010

Toronjil con 12 esencias Toronjil with 12 Essences Miriam Patricia Torres 15 min, Ecuador, 2010

Un Ecuatoriano en Nueva York An Ecuadoran in New York Fausto El Piro 5 min, Ecuador, 2010

Wrong Way Michael Vasquez 8 min, Colombia, 2010

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 2:30 PM

FREE!

 

Habla Texas

Alberto Ferreras

USA, Documentary, 2010 63 min, HDV, Color English, Spanish, Spanglish with English subtitles

 

Habla Texas is the latest installment of the Habla Series produced by Latino Media Works and HBO. Sometimes funny, often poignant, always truthful, Habla is an award-winning series on HBO Latino that has put the faces of US Latinos on the screen like no show has ever done before. In the segments, Latinos from all walks of life tell their personal stories directly to the camera. Since Habla was first shot in New York in 2003, more than 200 stories have gone to air representing Latinos from across the country, both as interstitial stand-alones and as combined into eight Habla specials, including Celebrity Habla I and II. Latino Media Works and HBO are proud to have gone back in the fall of 2010 to Habla's original roots, documenting "real people" in Texas.

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com, hbo.com/celebrity-habla

 

Alberto Ferreras is a New York based author, producer, songwriter, journalist and director born in Madrid and raised in Caracas. A co-developer of the animated series El Perro y El Gato for HBO Family and HBO Latino, and a partner of Latino Media Works since 2005, he is currently working on his second novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Trina Bardusco Production Company: Latino Media Works Cinematographer: Henry Adebonojo Editor: Alberto Ferreras, Jacky Kamaji, Craft TV Music: Jose Luis Pardo Cast: Michelle Valles, Cleto Rodriguez, Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro ,Lisa Andrade, Francisco Gonima, Patricia Vonne, Gabriel Reyes, Santiago Hernandez, Carmen Tafolla, Patricia S. Castillo, Jesús de la Torre, Ramon Talavera, David Rice, Carlos Cervantes, Brian Ramos, Nora de Hoyos, Teresa Lozano Long, Amparo García Crow

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM

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El Gallo: Niño Gallo El Gallo: Pepe Kid

Sergio Carvajal

USA, Comedy/Drama, 2011 45 min, Digital, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Pepe Kid is a compelling story about a young boy who finds a magical rooster that helps him figure out who he really is. Pepe Kid is a stand alone short film from the El Gallo series. El Gallo is an independent, multi-channel experience taking place in Austin, TX, where different media are used to show the journey of a golden rooster, Sietecueros, and the characters he encounters.

 

World Premiere

www.iamfacundo.com

 

Sergio Carvajal is a Venezuelan-American artist, filmmaker, performer and songwriter. He has written and directed an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts which have been featured in festivals such as Tribeca, SXSW, Traverse City, among many others.

 

Producer: Sergio Carvajal Production Companies: Facundo International Screenwriter: Sergio Carvajal Cinematographer: Drew Daniels Editor: Sergio Carvajal Sound Design: Sergio Carvajal Music: Esteban Alvarez Cast: Ramon Maldonado, Candelario Palma, Abel Valdez Print Source: Julie Agee, JulieeAgee@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 6:30 PM

FREE Episode Screening!

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Wed. April 27 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

 

 

New Children / New York

Gisela Sanders Alcántara

USA/Chile/Guatemala/Mexico/Puerto Rico, Documentary, 2010 63 min, MiniDV, Color English, Spanish with Spanish and English subtitles

 

New Children/New York is an intimate portrait of the struggles and perseverance of young immigrants coming of age in inner-city New York. Set in a community workshop in Bushwick, a low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn with many Latino immigrants, the documentary follows three young people who are studying filmmaking. Their gripping, self-exploratory films, excerpted throughout the documentary, reveal the confidential perceptions of these youth who dramatically straddle the opposing cultures of the U.S. and their homelands. They confront accounts of lost tradition, family separation, death and destitution, and ultimately are galvanized to explore their histories to understand who they are, where they come from and where they're going.

 

Regional Premiere

www.newchildren-newyork.com, www.ojo-de-agua.org

 

A graduate of The City College of New York and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, the past work of Gisela Sanders Alcántara includes the dance film series Parallelos and Al borde del cuerpo. Currently she works at CUNY TV and teaches video production with the La Union community organization.

 

Producer: Lauren Mucciolo Production Companies: Ojo de Agua Arte y Producción Screenwriter: Lauren Mucciolo Cinematographer: Dan Akiba Editor: Andrea Chignoli Sound Design: Giacomo Buonafina Music: Maya Martinez, Yarimir Caban Cast: Desiree Camacho, Fausto El Piro, Miriam Patricia Torres, Lauren Mucciolo, Gisela Sanders Alcántara Print Source: Lauren Mucciolo, newchildrennewyork@gmail.com

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 1:00 PMFREE!

 

Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle

John Ferry

USA, Biographical Documentary, 2010 82 min, DigiBeta, Color English

 

Told in his own words, with wit and a sense of humor, Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall recounts his life from his childhood to present day. After a positive experience in Indian boarding schools, participating in the Indian take-over of Alcatraz Island in 1969, honing his creative skills on the Paiute-Shoshone Reservation, and being labeled an "enemy of the State" and losing virtually everything he owns, he continues to use humor to make his political and cultural point. He teaches viewers about his Native American art and spirituality, as well as his philosophy as it applies to life and his work.

 

Texas Premiere

www.LilliMar.com

 

John Ferry has been involved in documentary films for over 30 years. He studied acting and directing at Lawrence Merrick's Studio, and went on to produce and direct the award-winning Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart as well as Michelangelo: Self-Portrait.

 

 

Producer: Grace de Soto Ferry, John Ferry Production Companies: Lillimar Pictures Cinematographer: Marlon Cooper Editor: John Ferry Sound Design: Lillimar Pictures Music: Various Artists Cast: Adam Fortunate Eagle Print Source: John Ferry - Lillimar Pictures, info@lillimar.com

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 8:00 PMFREE!

 

On the Ice

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

USA, Drama, 2011 96 min, 35mm, Color English, Iñupiaq with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival

Two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. They stumble through guilt fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.

 

Regional Premiere

www.ontheicethemovie.com

A graduate of New York University, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Iñupiaq filmmaker born and raised in Alaska. Director of various award-winning shorts including Sikumi, and Kinnaq Nigaqtuqtuaq (The Snaring Madman), On the Ice is his first feature.

Producer: Cara Marcous, Lynette Howell, Marco Londoner, Zhana Londoner Production Companies: Silverwood Films, Whitewater Films, Goldcrest Films, Treehead Films Screenwriter: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean Cinematographer: Lol Crawley Editor: Nat Sanders Sound Design: Bob Edwards Music: iZLER Cast: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, Sierra Jade Sampson, Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford, John Miller Print Source: Cara Marcous - Treehead Films, cara.marcous@gmail.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 9:45 PM Buy Tickets

 

Go For It!

Carmen Marron

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011 83 min, Digital, Color English

 

Carmen, a 19 year-old student raised in inner-city Chicago, is trying to find her identity. She spends most of her time in underground clubs enjoying her true passion: dance. Afraid to believe in herself, and not receiving much support from her parents, she is challenged by her professor to audition for a formal dance school in California. While confronting these and other obstacles, she also encounters the biggest chance of her life. Go For It! was inspired by the director's experiences as a street dancer growing up in Chicago, and serves as hopeful inspiration for urban youth to believe in their inner-strength and follow their dreams. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.goforitmovie.com

 

Carmen Marron, a Chicago native and former elementary school guidance counselor, began the screenplay for Go For It! as a response to the portrayals of minorities in TV and film. Founder of Sparkhope Productions, she is dedicated to creating films that address women's issues and cultural diversity.

 

Producer: Carmen Marron, Sid Idris Production Companies: Sparkhope Productions Screenwriter: Carmen Marron Cinematographer: Christian Sprenger Editor: Carmen Marron, Anthony David, John Coniglio Sound Design: David Barber, Michael Crosby, Kevin Faber Music: Kenny Wood Cast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, Jossara Jinaro, Derrick Denicola, Louie Alegria, Andres Perez-Molina, David Hernandez, Gustavo Mellado, Rene Rosado, Liliana Montenegro, Safia Hannin, Peggy Lee Goss, Brad Armacost, Lisa Roumain, David Ross Paterson, Daniel Yabut, Carlos Pratts, Katie L. Hall, Gil Menchaca Print Source: Carmen Marron, carmen@sparkhope.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Sparkhope Productions

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 7:00 PM Buy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Mon. April 25 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

Down for Life

Alan Jacobs

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011 96 min, Super16mm, Color English

 

Based on a true story, Down for Life depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. She discovers that leaving the gang is much more difficult than joining. The film was shot on location in South-Central Los Angeles and stars local youth in the lead roles.

 

Austin Premiere

www.downforlifemovie.com

 

A native of New York and graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford University, Alan Jacobs has directed six feature films, including Nina Takes a Lover, American Gun, Just One Night, and co-directed Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Scott William Alvarez Production Companies: Por Vida Productions Screenwriter: Alan Jacobs, Trina Calderon Cinematographer: Dana Gonzales, Morgan Susser Editor: Clayton Halsey and Roger Marshall Sound Design: Paul Hurtubise Music: Vito A. Colapietro II, Neely Dinkins Jr. Cast: Jessica Romero, Kate del Castillo, Danny Glover, Laz Alonso, Elizabeth Peña, Emily Rios, Cesar Garcia, Nicholas Gonzalez, Snoop Dogg Print Source: Scott William Alvarez, swa@cinemarevival.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 6:30 PMBuy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Thurs. April 28 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

 

As a celebration of young filmmakers, Cine Las Americas presents the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival  open to filmmakers ages 19 and younger.

 

The 2010 Emergencia screenings contain a great selection of youth films produced by a diversity of individuals and organizations. The selection includes works from the multidisciplinary arts program Say Si! in San Antonio TX, the Real to Reel Digital School in Lynn MA, Puyallup youth from Seattle WA, Navajo youth from Arizona, the Global Action Project in New York City, and young filmmakers in California.

 

The award for Best Emergencia Film will be granted by an invited Youth Film Jury, comprised of students who attend the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area after-school programs at LBJ High School in Austin.

 

Thursday April 22 – 4 to 7 PM – FREE!

Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

600 River Street, Map

 

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The near future. The world is divided by closed borders but connected by a digital network that ties together people around the world. Memo Cruz lives in an isolated farming community in Mexico, the kind of place that seems frozen in time—except for the hi-tech, militarized dam that was built by a corporation, and now controls the town’s water supply. Memo dreams of leaving his small pueblo and finding work in the hi-tech factories in the big cities in the north. On his journey north, he meets Luz, an aspiring journalist who dreams of writing a story that might one day change the world. Unwittingly their fates are manipulated by a chain of events emanating from the highest levels of technological advances.